Adoption #general

Brandler Institute of Chasidic Thought <bict@...>

While I totally agree with Mr. Frey's moving words and strongly support
including adopted children in birth trees, for the sake of the parents and
the children and I have noticed that this seems to be the accepted practice
among the Professional Genealogists that I am acquainted with , I think that
it would be important to add a "*" or some sort of annotation to signify
that this is an adopted a child for the following reasons:
Firstly, a later generation or descendant of that family may wish to
research who their natural parents were - in addition to the adopted
parents, and secondly and perhaps more importantly is the fact that
according to the Torah a Kohen (a direct descendant >from Aaron the High
Priest) cannot marry a divorce. There have been situations of people wishing
to live an Orthodox lifestyle yet wishing to marry a divorcee, by
discovering that although the person that they thought was their paternal
grandfather was a Kohen - their father was adopted, and hence they are not a
Kohen and were able to marry the women they wished. In addition to Kohanim
there are various other Halachic ramifications regarding adoption - nearly
all are beneficial to know that they are adopted, as this falls outside the
parameters of this list I would be glad to personally correspond with anyone
on this matter.
Abraham J. Heschel

Brooklyn NY

MODERATOR NOTE: Any comments concerning the religious aspect
of this topic should discussed privately.

David Frey <dfrey@...>

I have always assumed that the purpose of a family tree is to pass on to
future generations the information which will help them find a better
grounding in this world. Built on all too shifting sand.

To leave out an adopted child is insulting to that person and may leave
questions for latter generations.

In Family trees, truth is truth. To hide facts because of local prejudice
is shortsighted and defeats the purpose of the endeavor itself

Dr David Frey
Adopted son of Judge Maurice Frey